With USMNT players Michael Bradley and Jermaine Defoe being announced as Toronto FC players today, there’s a new trend of young USMNT players returning to the MLS. This evening, another USMNT player is being linked back to the league, with Maurice Edu reportedly talking with the league.
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) January 14, 2014
As first reported by Taylor Twellman via Twitter, many MLS and USMNT fans are jokingly saying all the Americans are coming, and why not? On a serious note, my thoughts align with Twellman’s above. This reported move would be great for both the player and MLS.
While other sources have not confirmed nor denied Twellman’s claims, he was the first one to break the Bradley situation to Toronto news. Edu’s addition back to the league would instantly improve whichever team he plays for. Many MLS teams have a midfield void and he’d fill it and bring some cohesion to both the team’s attack and their defense. In addition, Edu is a versatile player with much to prove.
After playing for Toronto FC in 2007 and 2008, Edu went across the pond to Scottish Premier League team the Rangers for four years, and ended up with EPL side Stoke City. He has sinced been loaned by the team to Turkish Süper Lig side Bursaspor. During his time with Stoke, he only saw one game appearance.
In order to possibly be considered for the 2014 World Cup USMNT roster, Edu needs some consistent playing time. By coming back to the states, he could find that. As a result of consistent playing time and starts, Jurgen Klinsmann could notice his resurgence.
All in all, if Twellman’s report is true, both Edu and an MLS team are about to be in a better situation. It’s a sure win-win if this deal goes through. One thing to be on the look out for is to see which team he ends up with.